Memphis prep James Wiseman cuts recruiting list to five schools, including Kansas

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By Gary Bedore gbedore@kcstar.com

James Wiseman, a 7-foot, 210-pound senior center from Memphis (Tenn.) East High School who is ranked No. 1 in the recruiting Class of 2019 according to ESPN.com and 247Sports.com and No. 2 by Rivals.com, on Wednesday narrowed his recruiting list to five schools.

They are: Kansas, Memphis, Kentucky, Vanderbilt and Florida State. He cut Arizona, Texas and North Carolina from his previous list.

Wiseman — he attended Friday’s Late Night in the Phog as part of an official recruiting visit to KU — made the announcement on Twitter.

He has also visited Kentucky and has visits set up to Vanderbilt (Oct. 12-14), Memphis (Oct. 19-21) and Florida State (Oct. 26-28).

He recently visited Memphis unofficially with Jalen Green and R.J. Hampton of the Class of 2020. Kentucky and Memphis have long been considered the leaders for Wiseman by various recruiting analysts.

Green to pick school Thursday

Josh Green, a 6-6 senior wing from IMG Academy in Bradenton, Fla., who is ranked No. 11 in the Class of 2019 by Rivals.com, will announce his college choice on Thursday, he announced on Twitter.

His finalists: KU, Arizona, North Carolina, UNLV, Villanova and USC.

He’s only made one campus visit — to UNC — on Sept. 22. He had scheduled a visit to Arizona for Oct. 12-14. UNC and Arizona have been mentioned as his top two schools.

Green was a teammate of former Arizona forward Deandre Ayton at Phoenix’s Hillcrest Prep two seasons ago. Green’s family still resides in Phoenix. Originally from Australia, he was an AAU teammate of UA commit Nico Mannion the past two summers on West Coast Elite.

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Of KU, he recently told Zagsblog.com: “Bill Self really likes me. He’s just talked about being able to come in and have a big role from the get-go. I’m friends with Silvio (De Sousa) as well so it’s been good to see how he’s liked it and everything like that. I personally think it’s a great program with a great tradition and they play my style of game as well.”

Aldrich headed to China?

Former KU center/NBA veteran Cole Aldrich, who signed a training camp contract with the Atlanta Hawks on Sept. 18, was waived by the Hawks on Tuesday. Basketball writer Jeff Goodman says Aldrich will likely play in China this season.

Aldrich, 29, played in 21 games last season for the Minnesota Timberwolves. He’s also been with the Oklahoma City Thunder, Houston Rockets, Sacramento Kings and New York Knicks.

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